Three Black Artists Win Genius Grant
Put on your party hats, these three have got it going on.
This year’s MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant awardees are particularly special. Three of the 24 are African-American.
The prestigious award recognizes “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.”
Kyle Abraham, Carrie Ann Weems, and Tarell McCraney will each be awarded $625,000 (no strings attached). That’s a lot of cash to be handing out – so what exactly did the trio do in order to win?
Abraham is a choreographer and dancer. Lately, he’s been using his art form to probe violence.
Photographer Carrie Ann Weems uses art as a way to explore all aspects of the African-American experience. Weems focuses primarily on Black women, class, feminism, and Black history.
McCraney is an author and playwright. His latest penmanship was used to create the play, “Choir Boy,” which is about competition and homophobia in an elite Black school.
Not everybody who received the grant is an artist like these three. Others who won the award are scientist, social innovators, humanists, and musicians.
Who else do you think should have won a MacArthur Grant?